Run & dunk:
Playing off the ball:
Note: Cutting to the rim and shooting from the three point line are two things he can do well,
and those are complementary skills, or threats, because if his defender protects the rim he
can take the three, because he has such a quick release. But if the defender gets closer to
Rudy, he won´t be able to provide help near the rim and will get surprised by Rudy if he gets
distracted for a second. In order to get the best of these abilities, Rudy needs a point guard
with great passing skills out there though, someone able to find him in the right place, as
Sergio Rodriguez was in Rudy´s rookie season, when he made the all time rookie record of
three pointers in a regular season and participated in the all star dunk contest, thanks to his
many alley-oops from Sergio´s passes).
Last two seasons, once Sergio left the Blazers, PGs finding Rudy cutting to the rim has
happened only occasionally:
Morer after the jump
Note: Amazing variety of passes, making his passing game impredictable. High basketball IQ.
Many of his teammates considered him the best passer, in a Blazer team with Andre Miller in
its roster! By the way, most of them considered him the best three point shooter. (From
interviews published in http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/).
Lob especialist, mostly from pick & roll:
Note: Rudy will provide energy and effort all game long. You can take that to the bank.
Note: Great oportunistic defender, always very active, defends the passing lanes very well,
disrupts the offense and helps his teammates, sometimes a bit too risky, not great keeping
his man in front of him, although he has improved last season. Again, high basketball IQ.
Note: He might be clutch, but we don´t have enough of a track record, because he couldn´t
have many opportunities in Brandon Roy´s territory, for obvious reasons.
Sometimes the perfect storm happens:
were going to lose because his only reliable PG, Andre Miller, got ill, but the experiment
ended later on because Rudy is a bad ballhandler and teams adjusted to his weakness.
Note: actually not someone you would call a tough player, but at least he is not afraid of
taking a shot at Jarret Jack, one of the toughest guards in the NBA.
Coachable?: question mark.
He´s always been very coachable in Spain, both in his former team (Joventut) and in he
Spanish National team, where he has played for at least 4 different coaches. When he came
into the NBA he was aware he didn´t fit with Nate McMillan´s ideas (Sergio Rodriguez already
hated those ones and probably poisoned Rudy´s mind), in addittion with having Brandon Roy
playing his same position. He had his differences with McMillan from day one, although
nothing negative went public until the end of the season, when Rudy said he wanted to be
more than a corner three point shooter. You could see Brandon Roy avoiding to celebrate
some plays with Rudy, who had timidily approached to him. And Roy was Nate´s right hand.
McMillan´s coaching philosophy values over all efficiency and predictability (count Martell
Webster and Channing Frye among the former Blazers that have criticized him). It works, at
least in regular season, but it put a lot of preasure on Rudy, who felt he didn´t have Nate´s
trust. Rudy had surgery on his backbone in 2010, fearing his career could end suddenly, he
was having heated debates with McMillan about how he was used (it seems McMillan told
Rudy "your problem is that he were a star in Spain and your are just another player in the
NBA", and Rudy more or less privately said to his people "this guy is not going to f. me",
leading to suspicions that Rudy quit against Phoenix when Roy was injured and couldn´t play
in play offs) and, the ice on the cake, at that time Sergio found his way from Sacramento to
New York, where Rudy would have liked to play (coach, city, etc), and Rudy started to think
about finding his way out of Portland at any cost. There started the 2010 Rudy crisis in
Portland, that finally exploded that summer.
Rudy started the season saying he wanted to leave Portland, threatening not to show up. He
was fined twice (although credit for the last one goes to his Spanish agent, who he fired
lately among his American agent). Then suddenly he started to worry only about things under
his control, made great friendship with Patty Mills (in addition with most of his teammates),
had a long conversation with McMillan, apologized to his teammates, the organization and
the owner personally, and said he was happy playing in Portland, every time he was asked
about. Always was greatful with Blazers fans, who supported him until last year saga. He had
some very good games at the start of the season and when Brandon Roy didn´t play because
of injured knees, but he regressed once Roy returned. His relationship with Roy and McMillan
was much better. McMillan said almost laughing: "This guy never takes the same shot twice",
resuming with humor the good state of his differences. And he was saying so for a reason:
-Marketable: Rudy is a selling machine. It helps that women like him, apparently.
-Plus-Minus machine too: Cuban shows up.
-Unselfish: Every time a teammate run with him, he will pass him the ball even if he has no
defender between the rim and himself.
-Good teammate: lots of friends among his former teammates. Nobody has said anything
negative about Rudy, as far as I know.
-Still a prospect: Although his three years of NBA experience, it is still unkown how much
In their last ACB regular seasons Luis Scola had an efficiency (similar to PER) of 21,1, Marc
Gasol got 27,8 and Rudy 25,1, but Rudy made that number with less playing time than Marc.
Time adjusted Rudy had a better record than both Scola and Marc Gasol before coming to the
-Most exciting player to watch since I follow basketball. Lots of great Youtubes:
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